German club Hamburger SV are in dangerous waters for the first time in over 60 years as they are in the midst of a promotion/relegation battle with Greuther Furth. Hamburg is looking stay afloat and their opponents are looking to jump up a division. After today’s 0-0 draw in Hamburg, the hosts are on the verge of being relegated.
Earlier today, Hamburg dominated their visitors, but thanks to a brick-like defense and goalkeeping, they were held scoreless. Their defense caused some problems at times when they would push up a bit too much, leaving them vulnerable in the back, and luck even had to play a factor in keeping them at bay.
Turkish international midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu fired on frame on several occasions but the keeper was up to task, leaving him frustrated. He was involved in the last attack of the match as he sent a low and hard cross that met captain Rafael van der Vaart, who mishit the ball. He was also very discouraged after the final whistle.
This club has too much history and pride to drop into the second division. Therefore, they will have to do whatever it takes to play with calm, cool and collected heads this Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. EDT when they visit Furth for the return leg. They can win that match by one goal if they can stick to their guns by fielding their best, pulling back as a team and pushing forward in the same way. It will take this type of effort to grab the much-needed victory.
Prediction: Greuther Furth 1, Hamburger SV 2
The hosts will start out strong, but the visitors will prove that they have the more experienced squad and a larger will to win. They know their fans will never forgive them for slipping down to the second Bundesliga division.